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Publisher's Summary

The Diviners are back in this thrilling and eerie third installment by number one New York Times best-selling author Libba Bray.

After battling a sleeping sickness, The Diviners are up against a group of new and malevolent foes - ghosts! Out in Ward's Island sits a mental hospital full of lost souls from people long forgotten. Ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the Man in the Stovepipe Hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over New York City, the Diviners must band together and brave the ghosts haunting the asylum to bring down the King of Crows.

Heart-pounding action and terrifying moments will leave you breathless in the third book of the four-book Diviners series by number one New York Times best-selling author Libba Bray.

©2017 Libba Bray (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"This story broke my heart and made me laugh and gave me hope - and really, what more can you ask of a book than that? I loved it, and I have a feeling you will too." (Jennifer E. Smith, author of Windfall and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight)

"Narrator January LaVoy shines in the third installment of The Diviners series.... Despite the considerable number of characters and their intersecting storylines, LaVoy never misses a beat, demonstrating a wide range of vocal dexterity and skill that creates the impression of an ensemble. Listeners are encouraged to begin at the beginning of this planned four-audiobook series and enjoy LaVoy's mastery." (AudioFile)

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SO GOOD

I love this series so much. It's so well done. I can't wait to find out what happens in the final book. It's going to be an unbearable wait! And the narrator is fantastic, she really captures each character's personality.

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I want the next book NOW!!!

I am having a hard time lately writing reviews but I wanted to tell you all to READ THIS SERIES!

I love this series so much, I honestly went into this book thinking it was going to be the last book in the series so was pleasantly surprised to get to the end and find out no it is not the end there will be more of these fabulous characters, which made me very happy!!

January LaVoy's narration of this series couldn't be more perfect every character has their own voice and inflection and you are never left wondering who is speaking. I will always listen to these on audio.

Can I have the next book NOW Please!!

Top 5 audiobooks of 2017

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Another part in the series, and it's divine!

Darker than previous books, but equally engaging and good. I was surprised to see few characters killed off, but it made the story that much more dramatic and grand.

Another amazing performance by January LaVoy.

Highly recommended if you liked the previous parts of The Diviners.

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Great story however

Why so much sex added in? It felt like author trying to fill quota. In previous books it was just the right amount. Sometimes subtle is so much better. Particularly subtle good when this is supposed to be a young persons novel. Really unnecessary.

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Excellent, chilling listen

Loved this mix of history, humor and supernatural storytelling. I highly recommend! Best of the books, so far, in this series.

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Worst of the 3

Would you try another book from Libba Bray and/or January LaVoy?

debatable at this point!

What could Libba Bray have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

This was a filler book, nothing got accomplished. All this book did is set it up so you have to read the next one. Very disappointing.

Which scene was your favorite?

when theda saved them all and revealed her powers.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Before the Devil Breaks You?

none, would have added a bunch instead of just leaving every storyline open.

Any additional comments?

Very disappointed in the way this turned out to be a filler book to lure you into the 4th book. Nothing was accomplished in this book, very unsatisfying.

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Best Narrator in the world!!!

Narrator took the words right out of the page and into you head like a home movie playing inside your mind.
Add 1920 ghost, mental hospitals , love triangles and mystery... How could you not eat this story up

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So great!

Libba Bray you did it again! This had me scared, happy and sad! Can’t wait to listen to this one again!

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An enjoyable placeholder in the series

Where does Before the Devil Breaks You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is not the most amazing book I've ever listened to, but it's a good story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Before the Devil Breaks You?

There were quite a few spooky moments. I even stopped listening to it before bed for awhile there.

What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

I liked how different each character's voice was.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No way. This book was way too long to listen to all at once. But it had a few cliffhangers in it that kept me going back pretty often.

Any additional comments?

I kept waiting for something to happen in this book. It was very long, which I appreciate about the Diviners series, but usually each book has some big even the book leads up to. In this one, it felt like the last quarter of the book was the entire story. It definitely felt like a placeholder in the story. I still really liked the book and the reader, but I was a little disappointed at what little activity actually happened.

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Libba Bray is incredible as usual

Libba Bray has once again written an incredible story and I look forward to her next book. January is such a talented narrator, I'm afraid she may have set the bar too high for me for future audiobooks. Excellent experience, highly recommend!

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  • Gary W
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I love this rag tag group of misfits

I enjoyed this book very much. January LaVoy's array of voices makes the audiobook that much better. Sam and Evie Forever. How cute is Isaiah. I would recommend this book to YA lovers.